Ellen Doyle Mizener has spent her career embracing those words and pursuing her passion for honesty and integrity through her art. She is an award-winning Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, Scenic Artist, and Specialty Prop Artist. She holds an MFA in Theatre with a specialization in Scenic and Costume Design from the University of Houston, where she was a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellow. She is co-designer of the United States National Exhibit for the Prague Quadrennial 2019. She is also an educator with 25+ years experience teaching at all levels: K-12, university, post-graduate, continuing education and in industry.
Mizener is a visual storyteller. She brings a unique blend of intellectual and artistic creativity coupled with inquisitiveness, passion, and wide experience to the theatre. She has been strongly influenced by many years of living in Europe and Africa, extensive travel and experiencing the vast menu of art, architecture, theatre, opera, culture, language, and landscape on offer everywhere she has been. American by birth, Mizener is conversant in French and German and can “muddle through” in Italian.
Mizener has been actively designing for more than ten years and has earned a reputation as a thoughtful, creative, active collaborator. She has worked and/or studied with Kevin Rigdon, Jean Guy Lecat, William Cochran, Rachel Keebler, Kimb Williamson, Annie Cicale, Sheila Waters and John Stevens, among many others.
The designer creates an environment in which all noble emotions are possible. Then he retires. The actor enters. If the designer’s work has been good, it disappears from our consciousnesses at that moment. We do not notice it any more.
Robert Edmund Jones, 1941